The Iona Church clock face is about to receive some
much-needed care and attention after more than 100 years of
Restoration of the Historic Places Trust Category 1-rated
Port Chalmers church started last year after years of
planning and fundraising, and the clock face restoration is
one of the last parts of the project's first stage.
The four cast-iron faces will be refurbished and stained
glass panes in the faces will be replaced.
Zeal Steel owner Lawrie Forbes, who is restoring the faces,
said the project was not simple as the age and condition of
the faces made the job quite delicate.
Cast iron itself was difficult to refurbish, as it became so
brittle the faces could easily break, Mr Forbes said.
''I think we will use a combination of techniques and see
which ones work best.
''This work is different from the other restoration I have
done so it will be interesting.''
Mr Forbes said it was important to maintain the heritage
value of the clock-face, so there would be no quick modern
The restoration would be done in such a way so that if, in 10
years' time, better techniques such as 3D printing were
viable, they could be used, he said.
Historic Iona Church Restoration Trust trustee Lincoln Coe
said the clock was a small but important part of the
restoration, as the clock tower had been neglected for 50
years or more.
''It was in a pretty sorry way and hadn't received much love,
so it's great that it is all finally coming into place.''
Most of the restoration of the older part of the church had
been completed. Fixing the belltower and the clock face was
one of the final parts of first stage in the restoration, he
A stonemason was now working on the main spire, where damage
to the Oamaru stone blocks was not as bad as had been
thought, he said.
''What that means is we save a bit of money on replacing the
blocks and can spend it on other parts of the building,'' Mr
The trust was still hoping to find more money for the
restoration and if any more became available, work would
start on the second stage of the restoration, Mr Coe said.
About $850,000 had been raised but the same amount again
would be needed to complete the restoration.